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Anderson returns to Bulldogs after transferring from Lee Co.

Phillip Anderson is back again playing football for the Thomson High School Bulldogs.

The 18-year-old senior transferred to Lee County High School following last year's football season. At Lee County High, Anderson was expected to be the team's starting quarterback this season.

Anderson played baseball at Lee County last year after transferring there from Thomson High School.

That all changed recently when Anderson decided to move back to Thomson and live with his father, Billy Anderson.

"I'm glad to be back in Thomson and playing for the Bulldogs," said Anderson during a recent interview with The McDuffie Mirror . "It's real good to be home."

Anderson, who played quarterback for almost the entire 2009 season until he got injured and couldn't play in the last two games, is expected to take over the punting chores for the Bulldogs this season.

"I'm looking forward to doing whatever the coaches need me to do," said Anderson.

Assistant coach Chris Hodges, who oversees the special teams for the Thomson Bulldogs, said he's glad to have Anderson back.

Prior to the start of this season, coach Hodges wondered who would take over the punting duties of Anderson from last year.

"We didn't have anybody when we started this season with any experience," admitted coach Hodges.

"We had made up our minds that we were going to just do the best we could do."

Thomson head coach Luther Welsh agreed.

"That's all we could do, since we didn't really have anybody," said coach Welsh.

In a pre-season scrimmage game against Lincoln County, Thomson tried the leg of Jonathan Atkins, who didn't do a bad job.

The Bulldogs also have used two other players as punters this season.

With Anderson's arrival, it now appears he will anchor that slot.

"I'll do anything they want me to do, punt or whatever," said Anderson.

Another departure from Thomson High last season was due to the graduation of Jay Bieltz, who had kicked extra points the past three years for the Bulldogs.

Before this season, the Bulldogs didn't have anybody to replace him.

Then all of a sudden, a foreign exchange student from Brazil enrolled at Thomson High School. His name - Talles Cardoso.

Since his arrival, Cardoso has been a most pleasant surprise.

He has punted some, kicked six extra points and made one of two field goals. The one field goal he made proved to be the winning kick in a recent 10-9 game won by the Thomson Bulldogs over the Lakeside Panthers of Evans.

Thomson's kicking game has now gone full-circle.

And that's just fine with coach Welsh and coach Hodges.

Web posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010

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